The Rithmatist

Brandon Sanderson

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson: his debut novel for the young adult audience

More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings—merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.

As the son of a lowly chalkmaker at Armedius Academy, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students study the magical art that he would do anything to practice. Then students start disappearing—kidnapped from their rooms at night, leaving trails of blood. Assigned to help the professor who is investigating the crimes, Joel and his friend Melody find themselves on the trail of an unexpected discovery—one that will change Rithmatics—and their world—forever.

Bestselling author Brandon Sanderson brings his unique brand of epic storytelling to the teen audience with an engrossing tale of danger and suspense—the first of a series. With his trademark skills in world-building, Sanderson has created a magic system that is so inventive and detailed that that readers who appreciate games of strategy and tactics just may want to bring Rithmatics to life in our world.

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2013 A New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2013

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CHAPTER 01

"Boring?" Joel demanded, stopping in place. "You think the1888 Crew-Choi duel was boring?"

Michael shrugged, stopping and looking back at Joel."I don’t know. I stopped reading after a page or so."

"You’re just not imagining it right," Joel said, walking up and resting one hand on his friend’s shoulder. He held his other hand in front of him, panning it as if to wipe away their surroundings— the green lawns of Armedius Academy— and replace them with the dueling arena.

"Imagine," Joel said, "it’s the end of the Melee, the biggest Rithmatic

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A New York Times Editors' Choice Selection

 

"Illustrations from McSweeney, fiesty characters, and a complex plot likely to unwind over several volumes, this high-spirited, exciting story will appeal to readers of all ages." - Publishers Weekly starred review

"Fantasy readers should devour this well-crafted mix of action and setup, enriched by thoroughly detailed cultural and historical background and capped by a distinctly unsettling twist." - Kirkus starred review

"The Rithmatist" contains some very good surprises on the way to a pleasingly nifty conclusion." - New York Times Book Review

The Rithmatist, while it’s definitely as clear and exciting as a YA novel should be, is every bit as deep and richly invented as the best of Sanderson’s adult novels…. Sanderson at his best, for adults and young readers alike.”—Orson Scott Card

“Brandon Sanderson has created an ingenious new martial art where the chalk is mightier than the sword.  In his alternative, dangerous version of the world, brave young soldiers must battle back dark forces armed with the nerves of a warrior and the skills of an artist.  It’s a fun read with a unique take on fighting where if you can’t draw…you die.”—D.J. MacHale, New York Times bestselling author of Pendragon and SYLO.

“There are very few authors about whom I can say, without a doubt, that I will read every single book they ever write. Brandon Sanderson is a member of that club. He’s brilliant and has an imagination I’ve only seen in the likes of Stephen King and J.K. Rowling.”—James Dashner, New York Times bestselling author of The Maze Runner

 
“Brimming with wit, mystery, and enough ideas to make ten other books jealous, The Rithmatist is boldly entertaining and wildly original. Armedius Academy is the first magic school that really teaches magic—the chalk-based Rithmatics, both a mystic science and a delightful visual art—and I have never had more fun learning anything. The creepy climax had me on the edge of my seat, and the slam-bang finish made me stand up and cheer.”—Dan Wells, author of I Am Not a Serial Killer and Partials

 

 

 


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About the Author

Brandon Sanderson

BRANDON SANDERSON grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He lives in Utah with his wife and children and teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University. In addition to completing Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time®, he is the author of such bestsellers as the Mistborn trilogy, Warbreaker, The Alloy of Law, The Way of Kings, Rithmatist, and Steelheart. He won the 2013 Hugo Award for “The Emperor’s Soul,” a novella set in the world of his acclaimed first novel, Elantris.

 

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Audie Award Finalist, Apple iBooks Best of the Year, New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Books of the Year, Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year

Unabridged Compact Disc

Unabridged  Compact Disc
Macmillan Audio
January 2014
Unabridged Compact Disc
ISBN: 9781427251435
ISBN10: 1427251436

Age Range: 12 to 18
Grade Range: 7 and up
$45.99

Unabridged Digital Audio

Unabridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
May 2013
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427221148
ISBN10: 1427221146
Audio Run Time: 10:22
Age Range: 12 to 18
Grade Range: 7 and up
$19.99

Hardcover

Hardcover
Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Teen
May 2013
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780765320322
ISBN10: 0765320320
Young Adult Fiction
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 384 pages, 26 full page illustration plus spot illustration throughout
Age Range: 12 to 18
Grade Range: 7 and up
$17.99

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Teen
May 2014
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780765338440
ISBN10: 0765338440
Young Adult Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 384 pages, 26 full page illustration plus spot illustration throughout
Age Range: 12 to 18
Grade Range: 7 and up
$9.99

e-Book Agency

e-Book Agency
Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Teen
May 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429953160
ISBN10: 1429953160
384 pages
Age Range: 12 to 18
Grade Range: 7 and up
$7.12
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